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UWTSD Carmarthen Business School graduates Hanna Symis and Jazmine Love used their time at the university to develop their entrepreneurial skills to set up their own businesses, whilst at the same time bringing up young families.
Hanna Symis said:
"I returned to education after having my daughters. I wanted to do something as a career rather than as a job, but more than anything I wanted to inspire my daughters to love learning. It’s been a transformative experience for me and my family - I have gained knowledge and confidence and I’ve enjoyed every second of the past three years - I almost didn’t want it to end. I’ve also shown my children that learning is a part of life - my lecturers were so accommodating, and my girls can’t wait to start uni too!
It’s hasn’t just helped my career, but has informed it entirely. It’s changed my outlook and given me the skills and confidence to start my own business - one I am passionate about and one that is hopefully inspirational. Without the course, I wouldn’t have the skills in social media, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and accounting that I would need to make a business a success. I feel that I have made my family proud, and shown my daughters that women can inspire change and do what they are passionate about. In addition to all this, I’ve met some incredible people and made friends for life."
"I left my current job in hairdressing with a diploma and years of experience and decided if I wanted to be a success, I would need to know more about the way a business really works. So I contacted the university and applied for this course and throughout my time at UWTSD, I was able to maintain a steady client base alongside my studies.
The university has taught me a lot, I am now a more experienced and confident person. Throughout my time on the course, I grew up a lot. I started my business confidently, I’ve studied marketing and learnt the many ways I can market and run my business efficiently. I have been able to use my degree in business management alongside my diploma in hairdressing to open my own salon. I have employed my first member of staff and with the skills, I acquired I felt confident to do so. I have also taken on an apprentice.
My plan for the future is to sustain my small business over a period of time and in 3 years’ time, I would like to open another salon."
"Prior to starting my study in 2014, I was the Assistant Manager at a clothing store in Lampeter. I enjoyed my position but after two years within the job role I began to seek new challenges resulting in my departure and a new start as a full-time business student.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UWTSD. I learned an enormous amount on the topics that revolve around business today and in the future. I also discovered my love for finance along with other business areas such as business sustainability and ethics, strategic management and human resources management.
The Business school lecturers delivered the course modules fantastically continuously supporting my development to achieve my full potential.
I believe the skills I have gained during my time of study, including, problem-solving, analytical and social skills have assisted with the process of employment. Just a month after completing my course I was fortunate enough to receive a job offer from a Thomas and Thomas."
"Following the completion of my BA Hons degree in Business Management @ UWTSD, I continued my studies and relocated to Cardiff to undertake an MSc in Human Resource Management at Cardiff University. I took a great interest in HRM following the HRM module I had to undertake in my 3rd year at UWTSD and this has now enabled me to shape my career on the area.
During my dissertation for my MSc, I did some HR consultancy work for a third sector multi-million-pound business based in Cardiff specifically around revising their performance management and appraisal systems. This gave me my first insight into HR consultancy and this is where I would like my career to go in the future. After finishing my MSc, I secured a graduate job with Enterprise Rent-a-Car on their graduate scheme and relocated to Swansea. I worked at their Swansea City Centre branch where I learned a great deal and hands-on experience of closing deals, customer service, how to run a profitable business, opening accounts with new businesses, efficient fleet/supply chain management and the art of selling.
However, an opportunity arose in the NPTC Group of Colleges in their HR department and I therefore applied and was successful in securing the post.
I now work as a bilingual HR Assistant based in their Neath campus helping manage all aspects of HR including managing 950+ staff over 9 different campuses, recruitment and selection, general administrative duties, setting up interviews, along with revising policies and procedures and a diverse range of other duties.
I have now become an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development hoping to progress to Chartered membership in the near future."
My aim now is to progress my career within the HR industry, gaining valuable experience and learning as much as possible as my passion is to run and manage a successful HR consultancy business.
My student experience at UWTSD was one I will never forget and it has set me up for a great start to my career. I cannot rate the staff at the Carmarthen Business School highly enough as they were so willing and ready to help whenever I had questions and queries and would also make an effort to guide me in the right direction.”
“Studying Business Management at UWTSD was a total life-changing experience for me. With the professional support and mentoring of my professors I further developed as a person and acquired new skills and qualifications.
My professors taught me how to question my thoughts, speak carefully, think critically, and act courageously. They were a constant source of motivation and with their professional guidance they helped me to surpass myself and achieve to receive a scholarship as the best student of my Faculty."
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